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21 Games That Matter This Fall

As the holiday season approaches there are normally a few new video games that come out that people have been waiting patiently for. This year there seems to be more than usual that people can't wait to get their hands on, in fact PCWorld has a list of 21 games that they are looking forward to. I must admit that there are a few that I wouldn't mind trying and a couple I had forgotten about.

 Summer is over, but PC gaming is about to heat up. Starting with Borderlands 2 (pictured here), there's a bevy of new games coming to PCs this fall, and many of them look good enough to merit serious attention. From complex tactical strategy games to fast-paced, modern military shooters and everything in between, chances are there's a game coming out soon that will be perfect entertainment for all your holiday "down time." Have a look at this gallery, and tell us what you think in the comments section. Did we forget any critical nuggets of awesomeness?

Promote Your Status Updates on Facebook

A while back we posted up a story about how Facebook was offering businesses the opportunity to promote their posts and have them show up on the top of their fans news feeds for a price. Well apparently it either worked really well, or they are just really desperate for money, because today starting in the USA, a few thousand of you will have the opportunity to pay $7 bucks to promote your status update and guarantee that is shows up at the top of your friends news feed. If you want more details on how this service works, or just want to go laugh at a bad idea head on over to Slate.

 Starting today, some Facebook users in the United States can pay $7 a pop to "promote" a personal post, making i more likely to appear near the top of their friends' timelines. The social network announced on its blog that it is testing the service for a limited number of U.S. users with fewer than 5,000 friends and subscribers. It has already rolled it out to 20 other countries.

Google is #2

Google has just hit #2 on the list of the world's most valuable Technology companies as they have have passed Microsoft this week. Google is now worth just under $250 Billion dollars and only trails Apple. BusinessWeek has the full story.

Google Inc. (GOOG) has surpassed Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to become the world’s second-largest technology company as computing over the Internet reduces demand for software installed on desktop machines.

Google rose 1 percent to $761.78 at the close in New York, gaining a market capitalization of about $249.9 billion. Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker, fell less than 1 percent to $29.49, for a valuation of $247.2 billion.

 

 

Consumers Don’t Know What an Ultrabook Is.

Intel has been trying to push Ultrabooks on the general public for a while now, but apparently they are doing a terrible job of marketing because they aren't flying off the shelves like Intel was hoping and now the sales forecasts has been cut in half. The concept behind the Ultrabook is nice, but I'd think the price tag is probably more to blame than anything else. AllThingsD has more details.

If Intel’s Ultrabook concept is going to reinvigorate PC sales, the company is going to have to do a better job marketing it. Because machines meeting the branded ultrathin laptop spec haven’t yet won over consumers the way the smartphone and tablet have.

 

iPhone 5 Camera Issues

The latest iPhone 5 issues is.....drum roll.... camera flare problems. Basically what is happening is you get a nice purple tinge on your photos if there is too much light. Apple was denying this at first but has now acknowledged the problem and says to just aim away from the bright light when taking pictures and you'll be just fine. Gizmodo has more on this as well as examples of what is happening.

After initially denying it, Apple has acknowledged the iPhone 5's purple flare camera problem in an email to a Gizmodo reader. Their solution: "Angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures." 

 

First Non-Game Titles Appear on Steam

I had posted up a story a few months back about how Steam was going to be adding new software to their catalog that aren't video games. Some new titles have now appeared on the service. Most of them so far are development tools, but I'm sure you can expect a wide variety of non-game software to be showing up. Right now this is only available for PC, but it would probably be a safe be to say that Mac won't be far behind. Engadget has more details.

  Valve Software -- maker of the iconic Half-Life series and proprietor of digital storefront Steam -- today released Steam's first non-video game software (originally scheduled to launch in early September). ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark 11 join Valve's own Source Filmmaker in the newly minted software section of the Steam store.

 

ASUS to aquire ASRock?

It has been quite a while since there has been much for rumors in the computer hardware industry, but TweakTown is reporting that ASUS is making a bid to buy ASRock's motherboard business. ASUS currently sits at #1 in the motherboard business and ASRock is still at #3 (Gigabyte is currently #2). This is currently still a rumor, but if it does happen it will change the motherboard market.

Quite the juicy rumor for the weekend, where SemiAccurate are reporting that they've heard that ASUS have made an offer to acquire ASRock's motherboard division. If this were to happen, we're looking at ASUS becoming bigger than they already are, and making a bigger threat for the number two in the market, Gigabyte.

 
 

 

Half of Windows 8 users still prefer 7

With Windows 8 just around the corner, a new survey is showing that only about 25% of people who have switched to Windows 8 already actually prefer it. 53% of users surveyed say that they still like Windows 7 more and 20% still prefer Windows XP. Also interesting to note is the fact that 26% of people surveyed said that system requirements were an issue and 25% said that incompatibility was a problem. You can read more about this over at TGDaily.

Even the most ardent, up-to-date Windows aficionados are having a tough time with the newest version of Windows.

Microsoft's latest operating system is proving to be a problem for more than half of the people who have already made the transition, according to a new survey from independent help site Forumswindows8.com.

 

 

Amazon's App Store Still the Underdog

Amazon unveiled its App store last year, and after a few bumps in the road along the way is now finally hitting their stride. Amazon is still trailing the Apple App store and Google Play, but they've finally got things figured out and are doing decently. The success of the Kindle Fire has really helped them out and I think it would be a safe bet to say that they will continue to improve this service. ReadWriteWeb has the full story,

When Amazon announced its Appstore for Android last year, a lot of people were left scratching their heads. Despite the seeming strangeness of Amazon running an Android Appstore, mobile app developers were cautiously optimistic. The Android Market (now Google Play) at the time was a disorganized and difficult-to-monetize quagmire. A curated, third-party app store with the might of Amazon behind seemed to offer a unique opportunity. But the e-commerce giant had to learn to navigate the world of mobile apps just like everybody else.

 

Apple News

The big news story continues to be Apple and their iOS 6 problems. According to a new report from Snappli users, they are saying that only 1 in 25 iOS users are using Apple's Map service, which is not too surprising considering the crumby response they've been getting about it. Gigaom has that story.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has already apologized for the quality of Maps in iOS 6, which certainly acknowledges the issue. But how big of an issue is it? According to data from Snappli’s iOS app, people quickly adopted Apple Maps only to leave it even faster.

 

Also last week Apple has dropped their claims about their iOS 6 maps being "The Most Powerful Service Ever", apparently they'd like you to forget they ever said that as it has become obvious that it isn't the most powerful service ever. PCMag has that story.

It goes without saying: Apple's Maps app has been a bit of a disaster since its launch with iOS 6 earlier this month.

Although Tim Cook said it anyway in a note recently posted to Apple's website — "We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better." — those words didn't exactly gel with how Apple described its Maps app elsewhere on the site. 

 

And last but not least, because Apple doesn't have enough things to deal with, some users that have upgraded to iOS 6 on their iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices are reporting that their batteries are draining super fast, up to 10% per hour even when the device is idle. It appears that it isn't all users having this issue, but for the ones that are I'm guessing they'd like to get it fixed really quickly. Mac Observer has that story,

For many iPhone 4 and 4S owners, iOS 6 has been a mixed blessing. The features are terrific, but many users are reporting huge amounts of battery drainage that never was the case before the system upgrade.

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